Avocadogirl, about the rain: if it's warm and not thundery/lightninging (family terminology!), go play in it. My now-adult kids still talk about the times I took them out into the warm rain to play. And the times I got them up at 11pm to play in unexpected winter snowstorms when we lived where it seldom snowed. And when I made mud on purpose so they could make mud pies.
One of my youngest's best memories is when I duct-taped a garbage sack over her casted broken arm so she could go inner-tubing down our street that had become a stream in a prolonged heavy downpour.
Play in the rain!